Rush (band)

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Rush is a Canadian progressive rock band formed in the summer of 1968 initially comprising lead vocalist and bassist Geddy Lee, rhythm/lead guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer John Rutsey. Neil Peart replaced Rutsey in July 1974 and this lineup has been unchanged ever since. Early in the band's career, most of their musical output emulated blues-inspired rock bands such as Cream and Led Zeppelin with lyrics that focused on epic fantasy or science fiction stories. Over the years, however, the band shed this emulation with inspiration and subsequent integration of progressive rock, pop rock, reggae, and modern rock characteristics.

Despite the band eschewing mainstream media exposure, their popularity grew as the years wore on, spawning fan-favorites such as 1980's Permanent Waves and 1981's quadruple platinum Moving Pictures. The latter is conventionally considered the band's quintessential album and the apex of their commercial success. The band is still highly active with respect to touring and recording. They recently released their latest studio album Snakes & Arrows May 1, 2007. The band's catalog is vast (composed of 19 studio albums, 7 official live recordings and numerous compilations) since their time together and activity spans over 30 years. This longevity inevitably resulted in obvious musical changes which lead to disagreement among fans regarding the most popular/fan-favorite songs and albums. Some consider songs such as the instrumental "YYZ", the semi-concept album 2112, (with sections "Overture and "The Temples of Syrinx"), "Fly By Night", and charting singles "Closer to the Heart", "Freewill", "The Spirit of Radio", "New World Man", "The Big Money", "Distant Early Warning", and "Tom Sawyer" as some of their very best.

Some of Peart's lyrics, however, especially during the late '70s and early '80s (e.g 2112), were inspired by the objectivist philosophy of novelist Ayn Rand, as well as by psychedelic drugs (e.g. A Passage to Bangkok). The band have received some criticism for these lyrical themes, especially in the pro-collectivist British press in the wake of this album in the 70s.

The band is currently on an intercontinental tour in support of their most recent album Snakes & Arrows. A double live album dubbed Snakes & Arrows Live was released on April 15, 2008 chronicling this tour.

Band Members

  • Geddy Lee - Bass guitar, lead vocals, synthesizers (1968 - Present)
  • Alex Lifeson - Guitar, mandolin, mandola, bass pedals, backing vocals (1968 - Present)
  • Neil Peart - Drums, acoustic and electronic percussion (1974 - Present)
  • John Rutsey - Drums and percussion (1968 - 1974)


Studio Albums

  1. Rush (March 1974)
  2. Fly by Night (February 1975)
  3. Caress of Steel (September 1975)
  4. 2112 (February 1976)
  5. A Farewell to Kings (September 1977)
  6. Hemispheres (October 1978)
  7. Permanent Waves (January 1980)
  8. Moving Pictures (February 1981)
  9. Signals (September 1982)
  10. Grace Under Pressure (April 1984)
  11. Power Windows (October 1985)
  12. Hold Your Fire (September 1987)
  13. Presto (November 1989)
  14. Roll the Bones (September 1991)
  15. Counterparts (October 1993)
  16. Test for Echo (September 1996)
  17. Vapor Trails (May 2002)
  18. Snakes & Arrows (May 2007)

Other Studio Records

Live Albums


  • Through the Camera Eye (VHS, Laserdisc)
  • Exit..Stage Left (VHS, Laserdisc)
  • Grace Under Pressure Tour (VHS, Laserdisc)
  • A Show of Hands (VHS, Laserdisc)
  • Chronicles (VHS, Laserdisc, DVD)
  • Rush in Rio (DVD)
  • R30: Live in Frankfurt (DVD - November 2005)


Solo Efforts


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